7 controversial points from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2)

Here is the first part 1 of the controversial points in the book.

Today, I want to write about the last 4:

4. Drying shower/ bath items after each wash

Marie Kondo suggests that we dry off our shampoo/ conditioner/ body wash bottles from the shower after each wash.

I would have no problem except that I really count on that extra shower storage space seeing as I have the smallest bathroom in the world.

As a result, this one doesn’t work for me, so I’m discarding that tip 🙂

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5. The Konmari naming convention

Some bloggers took exception to the fact that she named her method.

To that I say, do whatever you want, it’s your book!

Then I saw a couple of commenters mention that in Japan, it is customary to name things by combining the first parts of the surname and first name.

Now it all makes complete sense.

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6. The woo-woo/ quirky part of the book

Yes, undoubtedly, there are many parts of the book where things are a bit woo-woo. However that didn’t stop me with The Desire Map 🙂 so it didn’t stop me here either.

Instead I found her manner and style charming and quirky, and it made me smile while I listened in the traffic.

I’m all for embracing your crazy. We all have 10% weird going on, and I truly believe that we connect with others over the 10%.

(Most of my friends don’t read this blog because they think my passion for goals and organising is a bit… mad, but so what, right?)

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7. Thanking your stuff

Marie Kondo says we should thank our things for doing whatever job they did while they were with us. E.g. Thank you to the handbag for holding your things so well for three months, and then you release it.

I wouldn’t speak it out loud to each and every item (I like to move a bit faster), but I think there’s value in expressing gratitude to God that you could afford to buy clothes, shoes, books, etc. and then you can move on.

It ties into the taking pics of your sentimental items because both acts slow you down in the moment, you can honour the memory and let go of the physical item.

In conclusion

I think the reason people get so het up about these things is because this seemingly simple matter of tidying up brings up all sorts of stuff in our lives that we maybe don’t want to deal with.

A friend commented on Facebook and said that organising forces us to confront our stuff, both the physical and the emotional stuff, and I think that’s exactly the point.

After organising, then what? It’s the what that most people don’t want to think about.

Did some of these points rub you up the wrong way?

Why do you think this book is affecting so many people’s lives?

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